Opposing A Symbol Of Oppression Is Intolerant
OMG, So Queet

Islamic Attitudes

A reader emails:

I recently discovered your blog, and appreciated your difficulty in remaining a Muslim after 9/11. I was wondering what you think of something they had at Hot Air recently about Zuhdi Jasser (link). He said the solution to Islamic terrorism is to bring the terrorists back to their faith, and that his Islamic faith has been what has solidified him in his position against terrorism. Hearing a Muslim say something like that was like a breath of fresh air to me, but I wonder how widespread it is, and how really Islamic such an attitude is.

This question requires a careful answer because we have to separate the means and the goals of the Islamic terrorists.

Let me put forth a few statements that I think are true. They range from one extreme to another:

  • A small number of Muslims -- the Jihadists -- are personally willing to use violence against non-Muslims to impose Islam.
  • A significant number of Muslims support the Jihadists -- morally and often financially.
  • A majority of Muslims do not support the means of the Jihadists. They do, however, support the goals of the Jihadists: to have an Islamic super-state where sharia rules.
  • A minority of Muslims think that religion is only a personal matter. (From what I've heard, Zuhdi Jasser seems to fit in this group.)

As one can see, terrorism is a small part of the problem. The major issue is the fusion of religion and politics in Islam. The global Muslim community (the umma) does wish for a grand theocracy.

That's certainly not comforting. Most Muslims won't openly support Al Qaeda or its derivatives but then what about sharia? Sharia is made up of retrograde, superstitious and barbaric laws. It, by its very nature, requires force and coercion.

Just take a brief look at the heart of Sunni and Shia Islam.

Saudi Arabia:

  • Women must cover themselves from head to toe in public or else.
  • Non-Islamic religious teachings or places of worship are not allowed.
  • The possession of alcohol is punishable by death.
  • The hands of thieves are amputated.


All these laws are considered legitimate because they're derived from Islam.

Though, one can say that Saudi Arabia and Iran are, somehow, twisting sharia. My response to that: Muslims went nuts over a few drawings in a once-obscure Danish newspaper. Over a hundred people died in the ensuing carnage across the world. One would think that hundreds of millions of Muslims would be shocked, horrified and disgusted by how their, supposedly, peaceful religion is being perverted in these two nations. Yet, do we even see one percent of the cartoon outrage on this matter?

What does that tell us about Islam and most Muslims?


Saul Wall

This post hits the nail on the head not just for the beliefs of Muslims who view religion as a personal matter but for so many Western, pro-Islam Infidels.

I saw a discussion some time ago on a very forgettable site where people were saying something like:

"Why are we making such a big deal about Islam and terrorism? Sure 9-11 was tragic but it was a few thousand people in one year. Even if the terrorists got one 9-11 type event every few years the individual risk is barely noticeable against other risks like car accidents and such."

It never occurs to some people that the threat is not from a terrorist attack but from not being able to make certain movies, write or read certain books, wear certain clothes when near Mosques, send police into certain areas of Western cities or park your car on the street during riot season. The threat is not being able to defend someone who leaves a certain religion from being killed and having guest lecturers who unsettle a minority banned or harassed off campuses. The threat is separate legal systems and tax codes for different groups and not having elections respected if they elect someone who an emotional minority disapproves of.

David Boxenhorn

Well said. I think we have to distinguish between what Islam could be (which is anything), and what it empirically is.

BTW, have you seen this?

Josh Scholar

Well said. I think we have to distinguish between what Islam could be (which is anything)

Utter bullshit.

Islam is the work of one man. He was one of the worst examples in history, a violent, genocidal, hate-filled mad man. And he made sure that Islam is closed. There can be no new no new examples, there can be no humane principles.

If Muslims try to pretend away Mohammad, he will come back in the next generation, or the generation after that.

The only hope for Muslims is for Islam to become a dead religion.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)